Evaluation of the University Departments of Rural Health Program and the Rural Clinical Schools Program

RCS Site Profile: The University of New South Wales Rural Clinical School

Page last updated: 2009

Site Detail86


Name and address of main site

The Univeristy of New South Wales Rural Clinical School
PO Box 5695
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

Number and location of additional sites (with office space and personnel)

4 additional sites
Albury Wodonga, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Sydney

Mission statement

The aim of the Rural Clinical School is to provide diversified educational offerings in rural health and medical practice. The belief is that the School will play an important role in assisting to deal with the recruitment and retention of medical practitioners to work in rural and remote areas of Australia.

Start date

2000 (Wagga Wagga)

Total staffing numbers

Paid academic staff: 21.4 FTE
Paid general staff: 19.1FTE
Unpaid conjoint academic staff: 108 appointments

Student number

200787

18 1st academic RCS year
57 2nd academic RCS year
55 3rd academic RCS year

2008

24 1st academic RCS year
41 2nd academic RCS year
25 3rd academic RCS year

Capital works facilities as at July 2008

Albury Wodonga

  • Adjacent to Albury Base Hospital
  • Office space to accomodate 12 people (total of 11 staff, 1 research assistant)
  • 50 seat seminar room
  • 3 small group teaching spaces including video-conferencing facilities
  • Consulting room
  • Student computer room with 8 computers
  • Teaching lab set up as hospital room
  • BBQ area, staff kitchen, student kitchen and break out space

Coffs Harbour

  • On site at Coffs Harbour Health Campus, adjacent to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital
  • Office space to accomodate 19 people (total of 20 staff with some partial appointments, 3 ILP88
  • 56 seat seminar room
  • 3 small group teaching spaces including video-conferencing facilities
  • Student computer room with 8 computers
  • 1 combined dry teaching lab (set up as hospital room) and wet teaching lab
  • BBQ area, staff room/kitchen, student kitchen and lounge, car parking for 19 vehicles
  • Accomodation facility for up to 12 students with 1 room dedicated as disabled access.

Port Macquarie

  • On site at Port Macquarie Health Campus, adjacent to Port Macquarie Base Hospital
  • Office space to accomodate 13 people (total of 11 staff, 1 ILP student, 1 research fellow)
  • 50 seat lecture theatre with video-conferencing
  • 2 flexible dividable tutorial rooms, 40 seat total capacity
  • 1 simulation lab set up as ICU ward
  • 1 wet lab
  • 1 consulting/interview room
  • 1 board room set up as seminar room with video-conferencing
  • 1 staff/student meeting room equipped as seminar room, 50 seat capacity
  • 1 computer library room with 12 computers and study area

Sydney

  • On site at UNSW Kensington campus
  • Office space to accomodate 5 people (total of 5 staff)
  • 4 offices
  • Video-conferencing room
  • Student laboratory and meeting rooms

Wagga Wagga

  • Adjacent to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital
  • Office space to accomodate 33 people (total of 26 staff, 3 PhD students, 3 ILP students, 1 research assistant)
  • 50 seat seminar room
  • 5 small group teaching spaces including video-conferencing facilities
  • Student computer room with 8 computers
  • 1 dry teaching lab set up as hospital room
  • 1 wet teaching lab
  • Library with 6 computers

    Site training capacity

    Nature of training site89

    2007

    2008

    Albury WodongaHospital
    General Practice
    Community and allied health services
    Aboriginal Health Services
    1617
    Coffs HarbourHospital
    General Practice
    Community and allied health services
    Aboriginal Health Services
    3520
    Port MacquarieHospital
    General Practice
    Community and allied health services
    Aboriginal Health Services
    2126
    Wagga WaggaHospital
    General Practice
    Community and allied health services
    Aboriginal Health Services

    Longitudinal Rural Clinical Placement Program
    25





    5
    28





    4

Main areas of research interest

  • Health effects of water and air pollution exposure
  • Cessation of smoking in Indigenous communities
  • Refugee health
  • Indigenous health
  • Indigenous education
  • Longitudinal study of RCS students choice of practice location
  • Medical education
  • Mental health
  • Children's health
  • PhD students: obesity; breast-feeding; International medical graduates (IMGs) and communication
  • ILP students (Year III): Parkinson's disease, refugee health, sun-protection behaviour, venous incompetence

86Data and information provided by the RCS, as at August 2008, unless otherwise specified
87Data sources from 2007 annual report
88Independent Learning Project
89The hospital and general practice numbers are not mutually exclusive as students rotate from hospital practice into general practice and back at varying times throughout the year. General Practice rotations also include visits to community and allied health services, and Aboriginal Health Services.